Issues of Interest & Concern

Issues that the ARF-D is following with interest and/or concern.

Switzerland Must Appeal European Court’s Verdict On The Armenian Genocide

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier The European Court of Human Rights issued last week a critical Armenian Genocide-related ruling in the case of Dogu Perincek vs. Switzerland. Perincek, the leader of a minor Turkish political party, had traveled to Switzerland in 2005 with the intention of daring the Swiss authorities to punish him…

Reducing the Risk of 1988

By Serouj Aprahamian (armenianweekly.com) – Twenty five years ago, on December 7, 1988, a catastrophic earthquake ripped through Armenia, decimating the town of Spitak and surrounding areas. The quake left more than 25,000 people dead, 15,000 injured, 517,000 homeless, and $14.2 billion in economic damage. Earthquake Graphic 300×300 Reducing the Risk of 1988 This year,…

Armenian Economy Considered “Most Monopolized” Among Ex-Soviet States

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) — Armenia has the most monopolized economy among former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries, according to a new report released by the World Bank (WB), asbarez.com reports. The report entitled “Re-Engineering a New Growth Model for Armenia: Accumulation, Competition, and Connectivity” was presented at the WB Yerevan office on Wednesday. According to…

Announcement of the Conference of the ANCs of the American Continent and Australia

The Conference of the Armenian National Committees of the American continent and Australia was held on November 16-17, in Montreal, Canada. Representatives from the ANCs of Canada, Eastern USA, Western USA and Australia as well as a delegation from the Washington office of the Armenian National Committee of America attended the Conference. The global political…

Violence Claims More Armenian Lives in Syria

(armenianweekly.com) DAMASCUS, Syria — In recent weeks the Syrian conflict has claimed a number of Armenian victims, including two children, whose loss has shocked the community. On Nov. 11, as students were released from the Holy Translators Armenian National School (Azgayin Surb Targmanjats Jemaran) in the Bab Tuma district, a mortar fell by the main…

New ESI report: Disgraced – Azerbaijan and the end of election monitoring as we know it

The following letter appeared on the ESI Newsletter Dear friends of ESI, A few weeks ago, in early October 2013, some 1,300 international observers from 50 different organisations arrived in Azerbaijan to monitor presidential elections. Forty-nine monitoring groups praised the elections as free and fair, meeting European standards. One group concluded that there were “significant…

ARF-D Attends Washington Kurdish Conference

Explores Avenues for Armenian-Kurdish Cooperation (armenianweekly.com) WASHINGTON — Kurdish political leaders from Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq were joined on Oct. 28 by a broad cross-section of the Washington, D.C. foreign policy community at an all-day conference on the “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East”. The conference, the first ever organized in Washington…

ARF-D Urges President to Oversee Proshyan Murder Investigation

(asbarez.com) YEREVAN — Seeing no justice for the murder of Proshyan Mayor Hrach Muradian, an Artsakh freedom fighter and a popular leader in the Kotayk Region, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation led hundreds, including villagers, to gather at the presidential residence to demand that President Serzh Sarkisian oversee the murder investigation, which has been stalled since…